Ford Commercial - Real-World Variability. What Affects Range?

The WLTP test is performed in controlled test conditions to provide customers the ability to see a like-for-like comparison.
In the real world, as with petrol or diesel vehicles, there are multiple factors that influence and impact range performance:

How long to charge? While hybrid vehicles are self-charging, plug-in hybrid and pure-electric vehicles require manual charging. This means that, for instance, the Transit Custom Van Hybrid charges itself whereas the Transit Custom Van Plug-in Hybrid needs to be charged manually.
Socketed - 4 Hours A dedicated home or work chargepoint offers fast-charging speeds. As opposed to a three-pin socket, which is rated at 3 kW, a specially installed chargepoint is rated at 7 kW.
Tethered - 1 Hour When you connect your EV or PHEV to a rapid-charging public chargepoint, you’ll enjoy quicker charging speeds, rated at 50kW

Where Can I Charge my Electric Vehicle?

You can charge your vehicle at home, at work or at one of thousands of UK-wide public access points.


At the time of writing, more than 48,400 public chargers can be found across 29,000-plus locations around the UK, which means you’re never far from your next electric top up.

Most EV and PHEV owners charge their vehicle at home. You can do so via a standard domestic three-pin power source (rated at 3 kW) or a specially installed wallbox (rated at 7 kW).

Many businesses provide their employees with dedicated charge points that offer fast-charging (7 kW) capacity.

Benefits of electric

There are plenty of sound reasons for making the switch to electric. For instance, a fully electric car produces zero harmful emissions while a plug-in hybrid produces considerably fewer emissions than a regular car. Also, you won’t be charged for driving your vehicle in areas where there’s a levy on the production of excess harmful emissions, such as London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).

Cost of daily use
Electrified vehicles are more efficient than their regular combustion-engined counterparts. This is certainly true of EVs and PHEVs, which are very affordable to run. Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) tend to be cheaper to run too.

Furthermore, all Ford commercial EVs and PHEVs – and the majority of Ford HEVs – are free from Clean Air Zone charges, including London’s ULEZ tariff.
Cost of maintenance EVs in particular are usually cheaper to maintain. This is because an electric powertrain consists of fewer working parts than a conventional combustion engine and is therefore less apt to go wrong.
Government’s electric schemes The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) provides a number of grant schemes that encourage the wider use of electric and hybrid vehicles. These include the EV chargepoint grant and on-street residential chargepoint scheme. For full details, please visit GOV.UK’s grant schemes for electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
Ford Electric & Hybrid Range
Select a Vehicle From the Transit Custom Van HEV/PHEV to the all-electric E-Transit Van, our Ford commercial vehicles are designed to work hard while delivering greater everyday savings.
Contact Us Do you have any questions about our electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid Ford vans – or would you like to book a test drive? Please don’t hesitate to contact our Ford Commercial Vehicles Transit Centre team in Eastbourne today.